Xbox co-creator Ed Fries has talked about Microsoft originally reaching out to Nintendo in hopes of working together before going on to create the original Xbox.
According to Fries, himself as a representative of Microsoff visited Nintendo to sit down with late Nintendo president Satoru Iwata. Microsoft spoke with Nintendo about their gaming plans and asked if they could form a partnership. Basically, you may have guessed it but Nintendo said no.
The deal was apparently around one of the parties handling software and networking with the other concentrating on hardware. It’s a shocking relevation and one that would have most certainly changed the gaming landscape as we know it today. Both companies could definitely learn a few tricks from the other.